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Stock Exchange Index ATX five: Immofinanz Replaces RBI, Composition Unchanged

At a decision making index committee meeting the Vienna Stock Exchange reached a decision on changes to the leading Austrian index, ATX, as well as on further Austrian indices. In the ATX five Raiffeisen Bank International AG will be replaced by Immofinanz AG due to its higher market capitalization.

March 5, 2015

Eva Steindorfer Awarded the LGT Media Prize 2015

The work of three outstanding journalistis work was honored at an event in the Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna with the LGT media award for quality financial and business reporting. Eva Steindorfer was awarded the LGT Media Prize 2015.

February 25, 2015

Vienna to Have Two Million Inhabitants in 2029

Vienna is already the city with the second largest population in the German-speaking countries. But Vienna is growing faster than ever. This development entails a tremendous challenge for Vienna. Based on the figures now available, investments totalling seven billion euros will have to be made by the year 2020 in the areas of child care, public transport, other infrastructure facilities and health services alone.

February 20, 2015

Swarovski Crystal Worlds to Reopen End of April

Swarovski Kristallwelten will reopen on April 30, 2015. A total volume of 34 million Euros has been invested. The space will be more than doubled to 7.5 hectares. In addition to the all-encompassing renovations in the garden all around the iconic Giant, five Chambers of Wonder are being redesigned entirely from scratch.

February 20, 2015

Vienna Insurance Group Places EUR 400 Million Bond Issue

Vienna Insurance Group AG Wiener Versicherung Gruppe placed a subordinated bond with a volume of EUR 400 million with institutional investors.

February 18, 2015

Spar to Relaunch "Huma” Shopping Park in Vienna-Simmering

The starting signal for building work to turn the HUMA Shopping Center into probably the most modern shopping center in the capital has already been given in December 2014. A shopping center with more than 90 shops, restaurants, catering outlets and services, 2000 free parking spaces and 800 jobs is being built at a traditional location in Vienna-Simmering on a gross leasable area of 50,000 square meters.

February 17, 2015

Strabag SE Expects EBIT of at Least € 300 Million for 2015

Construction group Strabag SE today announced its first figures for the 2014 financial year and issued an outlook for 2015.

February 16, 2015

Andritz Signs EUR 100 Million LoI in Finland

Listed engineering Group Andritz has signed a letter of intent with Metsä Fibre to deliver key production technologies for a new bio-product pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The order value for Andritz is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the planned mill is scheduled for August 2017.

February 13, 2015

Voestalpine Reports Increase in Earnings in 9 Months

Although the development of the global economy was very inconsistent in 2014 and, after a relatively optimistic start, was marked by an increasingly sober mood from the summer months onward, the steel-based technology and capital goods group Voestalpine reported a significant increase in earnings in the first three quarters of the business year 2014/15 (April 1 to December 31, 2014).

February 10, 2015

Andritz Signs EUR 250 Million Deal in the UK

Listed engineering group Andritz will supply equipment worth EUR 250 million for the world’s first tidal lagoon hydropower project in Swansea Bay, Wales.

February 10, 2015

UniCredit Private Banking Receives Euromoney Awards

UniCredit Private Banking has been recognized for its services, winning 14 awards in different regional and local categories in Euromoney magazine´s Private Banking Survey 2015.

February 10, 2015

Erste Group Seales Agreement to Sale 15 Percent of Hungarian Unit

Erste Group has invited the Government of Hungary and the EBRD to invest in Erste Bank Hungary Zrt. by acquiring a minority stake of up to 15 per cent each. Negotiations are in progress and the completion of the transaction is expected within the next six months.

February 9, 2015

Valneva Completes EUR 45 Million Capital Increase

The listed biotechnology company Valneva SE announces the completion of its capital increase with shareholders preferential subscription rights launched on January 12th, 2015. Valneva estimates net proceeds of EUR 42 millions from 18.2 million offered new shares. The new ordinary shares will be traded on Euronext and on the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange. The financing will mainly be used for the acquisition of Crucell Sweden AB and all assets, licenses and privileges related to Dukoral.

February 4, 2015

Strabag SE Issues € 200 Million Corporate Bond

Construction group Strabag SE issues a € 200 million corporate bond. The fixed-interest bond has a term to maturity of seven years and a coupon of 1.625 % p.a.

January 29, 2015

Global Finance Awards Bank Austria "Best Trade Finance Bank"

US-based finance magazine Global Finance has named Bank Austria the "Best Trade Finance Bank" in Austria for 2015 based on an annual survey of analysts, managers and technology experts in 84 countries.The main criteria used to select the winners were transaction volume, geographical reach, customer service, competitive pricing and innovative technologies.

January 22, 2015

Verbund Raises Earnings Forecast and Dividend for 2014

Verbund AG announced today that the earnings forecast for financial year 2014 is being raised. Verbund expects EBITDA of around €800m (previous forecast: €770m) and a Group result of around €125m (previous forecast: €85m) in financial year 2014. The planned dividend continues to be based on a payout ratio of approximately 50% of the adjusted group result which in 2014 will be around €210m (previous forecast: €190m).

January 22, 2015

Geopolitical Developments have Negative Impact on VSE Performance

The Vienna Stock Exchange looks back at an eventful year 2014. A weak performance of the leading index, ATX, contrasted with numerous highlights such as large capital increases, the successful public offering of FACC AG, a record-year in terms of new corporate bonds listings and heigh liquidity, i.e. an increase in trading volumes and number of transactions.

January 22, 2015

Flying Ambassador: Fischler Christens AUA Aircraft “Spirit of Alpbach“

The godfather of the christening of an Austrian Airlines turboprop at Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport was the former EU Commissioner and Austrian Minister of Agriculture Franz Fischler in his capacity as the President of the European Forum Alpbach

January 22, 2015

"Teletrade" is not "Teletrader"

TeleTrade is an online broker providing access to trade across a range of financial markets. TeleTrade has recently opened an office at the Regus Business Center at Parkring 10 in Vienna's first district. According to the company's website, the TeleTrade Group has over 200 offices in 30 countries and more than 3000 employees.

January 20, 2015

Austria has EU-Wide Most Franc Loans

In absolute terms, Austria has the most franc foreign currency loans in the European Union.

January 19, 2015

Huber Holding Acquires French Premium Men Lingerie Maker

Huber Group, the Götzis/Vorarlberg based lingerie maker has acquired the French premium brand Hom for men from Triumph Group to target the upmarket male underwear category.

January 19, 2015

EBRD Lends EUR 30 Mln Loan to Raiffeisen Leasing to support MSMEs in Romania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is increasing the availability of financing to private businesses in Romania with a RON 132 million (€30 million equivalent) loan to the Bucharest-based Raiffeisen Leasing IFN S.A, a subsidiary of Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI).

January 15, 2015

Slovak Republic Issues 12-Year Eurobond Worth EUR 1.5 Billion

Slovakia’s first syndicated EUR transaction of the year attracted a total demand from more than 200 investors which reached almost EUR 5.5 billion.

January 15, 2015

State Holding ÖIAG to be Renamed ÖBIB

Austrian state holding ÖIAG is going to be turned into a limited liability company (GesmbH) called "ÖBIB" Österreichische Bundes- und Industriebeteiligungsholding, which will be permitted to make new acquisitions and which will report directly to the Finance Ministry.

January 13, 2015

Gebrüder Weiss Opens Three Branches in Moscow

Logistics Company Gebrüder Weiss is consolidating its network, and with the Russian location, will be closing a geographical gap between its branches in Europe and Asia.

January 13, 2015

Voestalpine Buys Italian Drawn Wire Producer

Voestalpine is expanding its activities in the drawn wire business segment and has completed its acquisition of Italian company Trafilerie Industriali S.p.A. based in Nervesa della Battaglia (Treviso). The acquisition of this Italian manufacturer of special wires brings additional strength to the Voestalpine product portfolio of drawn wire for the automotive industry.

January 12, 2015

Strabag Builds Volkswagen Factory in Wrzesnia, Poland

Strabag Sp. z o.o., the Polish subsidiary of publicly listed Strabag SE, has been awarded the contract to build a new production plant for Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Poland. The automobile manufacturer plans to manufacture the next generation of its VW Crafter delivery van in the new factory in Września. Strabag has been commissioned to build three of the five modern production and industrial buildings that form part of the overall investment by the middle of 2015.

December 3, 2014

Russian Investor Boris Mints to Launch Tender Offer for 10 Pct of CA Immo Shares

O1 Group Limited of Russian investor Boris Mints has made a voluntary partial public takeover offer of 10% of additional CA Immo shares. The offer comprises the purchase of up to 9,735,276 non-par value bearer shares of CA Immo (ISIN AT0000641352), which are admitted to the Official Market on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

November 28, 2014

Heimo Scheuch: "Wienerberger Bricks Secures Liquidity Reserves up to 2019"

Wienerberger AG today announced the conclusion of a new revolving credit line with a volume of Euro 400 million. It has a term extending to November 2019, replaces the previous facility and provides ongoing financing for general corporate purposes. According to Wienerberger, the strong interest led to an increase in the volume from the originally planned Euro 350 million to Euro 400 million. The bank consortium includes 10 banks under the direction of the long-standing partners Danske Bank A/S, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and UniCredit Bank Austria AG.

November 21, 2014

Strabag Extends Container Port in Mauritius for € 90 Mln

Strabag is extending and strengthening the container harbour at Port Louis, Mauritius, together with its partner Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co. SA. The project has a volume of about € 90 million (USD 115 million), of which Strabag holds 50 %, and is to be completed in slightly over two years.

November 20, 2014

Uniqa Expands Industrial Business in CEE

Uniqa has developed additional insurance related services which target multinational corporations with subsidiaries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

November 18, 2014

BAWAG PSK Bank Sets-up London Branch Office

BAWAG PSK, the Cerberus and Golden Tree majority-owned Austrian bank, recently opened a branch office in London to help develop "its international business franchise", i.e. corporate finance, specialty finance and commercial real estate finance, Bawag's interim report Q3 2014 shows.

November 13, 2014

UniCredit Bank Austria Appoints Vivaldi as Head of its CEE Division

UniCredit has appointed Mr. Carlo Vivaldi as the Head of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) Division. In this function Mr. Vivaldi will succeed Mr. Gianni Franco Papa, who has already been designated in August. In view of the appointment resolved today by UniCredit Board, the Supervisory Board of Bank Austria will be called upon to approve the appointment of Mr. Vivaldi also in the bank's Management Board.

November 11, 2014

Hyundai and Opel Motor Vehicles Top the List of Newly Registered Passenger Cars

A total of 26,945 registrations of new motor vehicles in Austria was observed in October 2014, by 0.8% more compared to October 2013.

November 11, 2014

Wolford Appoints Former Model Grit Seymour as Creative Director

Wolford AG has appointed designer Grit Seymour as its new Creative Director. This position, which was created as part of the company's strategic refocusing, is intended to drive the brand development. The new Creative Director's main responsibilities will include the design of future collections as well as advisory function for Wolford's overall brand identity. The first signs of her contribution will be visible in the 2016 spring/summer collection, which will be presented to the professional public in summer 2015.

November 10, 2014

Voestalpine with Jump in Earnings in the First Half of the Business Year

Despite a persistently challenging economic climate, the voestalpine Group posted a largely solid performance during the first half of the business year 2014/15 (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). At -1.5%, revenue was down slightly, from EUR 5.64 billion to EUR 5.56 billion.

November 5, 2014

BKS Bank Carinthia - EUR 52 Mln Capital Increase Completed

Today, some 3.3 million new shares of BKS Bank start trading in the "standard market auction" of the Vienna Stock Exchange. The exchange-listed Carinthian bank carried out a capital increase that raised the company's equity by around EUR 52 million.

November 3, 2014

Verbund Withdraws from Bulgaria

Verbund withdraws from Bulgaria by selling its 16 MW wind farm on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast to Inwind Sp Ltd, a project company of Bulgarian Inovent Holding AD. The transaction is scheduled to close by the end of 2014. Both companies agreed on not disclosing any financial details of the transaction.

October 30, 2014

Who is Private Equity Investor Advent International?

Advent International is an American global private equity firm focused on buyouts of companies in Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on international buyouts, growth and strategic restructuring in five core sectors. In 2008 the firm raised an additional €1 billion for investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Advent has acquired a number of companies in Central and Eastern Europe through its dedicated regional funds. These include Romanian Ceramica IASI, one of Romania’s leading ceramic bricks and clay roof tiles producers, Bolix, a leading Polish producer of construction chemicals, Dufa Deutek, Romania’s largest decorative paints producer, and LaborMed Pharma, which manufactures and distributes generic pharmaceuticals primarily for cardiovascular and central nervous system aliments, and now Hypo Group Alpe Adria's Balkan assets.

October 30, 2014

Axel Hummel Appointed CEO of Sberbank Europe

Sberbank Europe AG announces the appointment of Axel Hummel as its new CEO, following the resignation of Mark Arnold. The appointment is effective 22 October 2014, subject to regulatory approval. Sberbank Europe AG is based in Vienna.

October 27, 2014

Vienna Among Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2015

One of the world’s best known publishers of independent travel and language guides, Lonely Planet, has ranked Vienna as one of the top 10 cities “not to be missed” by travellers in 2015. According to Lonely Planet, there is no better time to visit Austria than next year during the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which takes place in Vienna. The list also includes destinations like Washington, Milan, Chennai or Toronto.

October 24, 2014

Strabag Consortium Builds € 300 Mln Eisack River Undercrossing for Brenner Base Tunnel

The construction group Strabag, in a consortium with the Italian construction companies Salini Impregilo, Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni CCC and Collini Lavori, signed the € 300 million contract to build the Eisack Undercrossing section of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

October 24, 2014

India to Emerge KTM Production Hub by Year End

India is on the cusp of emerging as the lead production hub of Austrian motorcycle brand KTM with the four motorcycles manufactured at the Chakan plant poised to outsell super-sports and off-road bikes rolling out of the Mattighofen facility in Austria.

October 23, 2014

FACC and Parent AVIC to Shift Manufacturing of Passenger Cabins from Austria to China

During the China trip of Economy Minister Mitterlehner, Foreign Affairs Minister Kurz and Agriculture Minister Rupprechter, FACC AG and parent Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have re-confirmed their "plans to enter into a strategic partnership relating to the integration of aircraft passenger cabins in China". Over the long run this means, that Austrian know-how and Austrian jobs will be moved and outsourced to China.

October 23, 2014

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Starts the Use of Austrian Drones

The OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) today completed the maiden flight of its unarmed/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before members of the media near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE will use unmanned and unarmed drones for the monitoring of the border between Ukraine and Russia.

October 23, 2014

Raiffeisen Research Comments on ECB’s Asset Quality Review of Austrian Banks

With regard to the ECB’s asset quality review of Austrian banks, according to Bloomberg ECB Governor Nowotny has stated that Austrian institutes will largely pass the tests. When asked about Volksbank and that it might fail the tests, Nowotny stated that it is no secret that there will be one institution that might have gaps that need filling but there are precautions taken.

October 23, 2014

BioEnergy International Expands Business in the USA

Listed technology company BDI BioEnergy International AG has been awarded with a contract for a plant optimisation project in California by Crimson Renewable Energy LP. The contract volume is in the lower single-digit million Euro range.

October 20, 2014

New Post Logistics Center Opens in Upper Austria

Listed postal service provider Post AG has officially inaugurated the new logistics centre in Allhaming, Upper Austria. Built for EUR 50 million (USD 64 million) and used since the beginning of August instead of the centre located at the Linz main train station, it has been designed for daily up to 1.6 million letters and 100,000 packages. Some 650 employees work in the new post office near the motorway Westautobahn. Various political officials participated in the inauguration.

October 17, 2014

Lower Austria's Ecoplus International Celebrates 10 Years and 1500 Executed Projects

The EU's eastward enlargement brought Lower Austria into the center of a new, dynamic economic area. In order to make use of the chances which emerged for the lower Austrian economy, Ecoplus International GmbH in cooperation with the Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien was set up. 10 years later the subsidiary has already overseen 1500 projects.

October 16, 2014

OMV's Gerhard Roiss Resigns from his Position as Chairman and CEO

Tonight, the Supervisory Board of OMV AG and Gerhard Roiss have agreed that Mr. Roiss resigns from his position as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO as of June 30, 2015. The chief executive is to step down two years earlier than expected. Also the energy group’s management team will be overhauled.

October 14, 2014